Juha Sjoeblom Profile

Juha Sjoeblom
Juha Sjoeblom.

I have been interested in world heritage from year 2008 and I have visited sites since then whenever possible. I usually travel 3-5 times a year. My main areas of interest are Northern Africa, Middle East, Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.

I'm an independent traveller and when travelling, I want to use public transport as much as possible. Since the sites are not always easy to reach, I’m curious how other travellers have got to them.

I’ll write reviews when I supposedly have some fresh point of view or when the site has only very few reviews. I also tell my overall feelings about the site and how I have travelled to it.

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The Ringed Seal Archipelagos of Lake Saimaa (T)

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 22-Jun-21

The Ringed Seal Archipelagos of Lake Saimaa (T)

Site visited May 2021. Ringed seal archipelagos of Lake Saimaa were a nice experience. It was also something new to me in my home country. This natural site may not be for everyone, but those who want to see the rare seals, and those who love birdwatching, pristine lake nature and beautiful landscapes will be pleased. I spent two days exploring some of the elements of this tentative site.

When Finland announced a revised list of tentative sites in 2021, it presented one totally new site which seemed right away a logical move. Saimaa ringed seals – of course. It is hard to think any other object in Finland with so much positive impression and support from Finnish people.

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Stari Ras and Sopocani

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 27-May-20

Stari Ras and Sopocani

Site visited July 2016. Stari Ras and Sopoćani is generally least known and visited among the six Yugoslavian sites which were inscribed in 1979. Although the name makes you think that there are two sites the inscription consists of four separate sites around the town of Novi Pazar. This group of medieval monuments of the first capital of Serbia gives you an interesting insight to the history of the country.

I travelled to Novi Pazar by bus from Belgrad and visited the Studenica Monastery during the trip

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Djémila

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 01-May-20

Djémila

Site visited December 2013. The Arabic name of the ancient Roman city of Cuicul is Djémila which means ”beautiful”. The site really matches its newer name because it is probably the most beautiful and scenic of all the Roman sites in Algeria. I think it is also one of the top three Roman sites of Africa.

Cuicul was an ancient Roman colony and a military garrison founded in the 1st century. It is built on an altitude of 900 metres on a narrow triangular plateau

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The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 24-Apr-20

The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans

I visited this site during my tour of Ukraine on July 2013. The former capital of Crimean Khanate with its diverse cultural sites and great sceneries made a good impression on me, and it is also a very nice place to visit. Bakhchysarai is one of those sites which deserve to be included to the World Heritage List, but the current situation is very difficult for it.

At the moment there are two sites of Bakhchysarai on the Ukrainian tentative list: the other one is just for the Khan’s Palace, and the other one is the historic monuments of Bakhchysarai Valley from the Khan’s Palace to the Chufut-Kale. I would support the latter because there are a rich array of cultural sights in and around the city of Bakhchysarai.

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Timgad

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 10-Apr-20

Timgad

Site visited December 2013. Timgad is the largest and arguably the best of the Roman archaeological sites of Algeria. I think it is also one of top three Roman sites of Africa and, I dare to say, probably among the best outside of Italy. Timgad is not known for its imposing buildings but for town planning and well preserved grid plan. In this review I focus mainly on the practical issues of visiting Timgad.

Algeria, especially the eastern part of the country, is one of the hotspots of Roman archaeological sites. Apart from the inscribed ones there are several sites worth mentioning: Tiddis, Madauros (Madaure), Hippo Regius (Hippone), Theveste, Thubursicum and Lambaesis. Many of these have been collected to a TWHS Sites, lieux et itineraires augustiniens du Maghreb central.

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Name
Juha Sjoeblom
Country
Finland
Most Impressive
Medina of Fez, Lalibela

Recently Visited WHS

Update 29.07.21
Rating Stats
Petra 5
Acropolis 4.5
Baalbek 4.5
Aksum 4
Byblos 4
Chavin 4
Cracow 4
Kotor 4
Split 4
Timgad 4
Trier 4
Tyre 4
Agrigento 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
Dengfeng 3.5
Kairouan 3.5
Kyiv 3.5
L'viv 3.5
Lima 3.5
Rabat 3.5
Sintra 3.5
Vilnius 3.5
Visby 3.5
Volubilis 3.5
Anjar 3
Arles 3
Belem 3
Corfu 3
Delos 3
Meknes 3
Mostar 3
Trogir 3
Vienna 3
Atapuerca 2.5
Jelling 2.5
Riga 2.5
Sheki 2.5
Tipasa 2.5
Yin Xu 2.5
Tiya 1.5
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  3. Archaeological site of Laodikeia (T)
  4. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  7. Central Park (T)
  8. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  9. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  10. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  11. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  12. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  13. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  14. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  15. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  16. Monastery of St. Amenaprkich (New Julfa Vank) (T)
  17. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  18. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (T)
  19. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  20. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  21. Rade de Marseille (T)
  22. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  23. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  24. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  25. Sites of Globalization (T)
  26. Surakhany, Atashgyakh (Fire - worshippers, temple - museum at Surakhany) (T)
  27. Tape Sialk (T)
  28. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  29. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  30. The Architectural Works of Alvar Aalto - a Human Dimension to the Modern Movement (T)
  31. The Caspian Shore Defensive Constructions (T)
  32. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  33. The Historical Village of Abyaneh (T)
  34. The Historical-Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan (T)
  35. The monastery of Noravank and the upper Amaghou Valley (T)
  36. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  37. The Ringed Seal Archipelagos of Lake Saimaa (T)
  38. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  39. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  40. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  2. City of Herat
  3. Ensemble du site naturel de la région du Chouf avec les monuments et les sites
  4. Ephesus
  5. Fortified City of Famagusta
  6. Golden Gate Bridge
  7. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  8. Jebel Shams, Wadi Nakhur, and Wadi Ghul
  9. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  10. Minoan palaces of Crete
  11. Panama Canal
  12. Pharaonic Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu
  13. Railways of the Andes
  14. Silk Roads
  15. Svalbard
  16. Tempelhof Airport, Berlin
  17. Tobolsk
  18. Transiberian Railway
  19. Vatnajökull National Park
  20. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier

Top 200 WHS

  1. Isole Eolie
  2. Birka and Hovgarden
  3. L'Anse aux Meadows
  4. Brasilia
  5. Shibam
  6. Sana'a
  7. Old City of Jerusalem
  8. Rome
  9. Istanbul
  10. Venice and its Lagoon
  11. Camino Real
  12. Island of Gorée
  13. Grand Canal
  14. Qhapaq Ñan
  15. Silk Roads
  16. Moenjodaro
  17. Sukhothai
  18. Angkor
  19. Rock Art of Alta
  20. Altamira Cave
  21. Iguazu National Park
  22. Lake Baikal
  23. Victoria Falls
  24. Kenya Lake System
  25. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  26. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  27. Nasca Lines
  28. Stonehenge
  29. Chichen-Itza
  30. Tikal National Park
  31. St. Petersburg
  32. Florence
  33. Tyre
  34. Site of Carthage
  35. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  36. Wadi Al-Hitan
  37. Fasil Ghebbi
  38. Versailles
  39. Imperial Palace
  40. Ancient Merv
  41. Palmyra
  42. Petra
  43. Persepolis
  44. Rwenzori Mountains
  45. Tajik National Park
  46. Simien National Park
  47. Great Himalayan National Park
  48. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  49. Machu Picchu
  50. Kilimanjaro National Park
  51. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  52. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  53. Great Wall
  54. Agra Fort
  55. Robben Island
  56. Statue of Liberty
  57. Auschwitz Birkenau
  58. Vilnius
  59. Old City of Berne
  60. Cesky Krumlov
  61. Brugge
  62. Cracow
  63. Dubrovnik
  64. Bryggen
  65. Maritime Greenwich
  66. Great Barrier Reef
  67. Cuzco
  68. Ha Long Bay
  69. Soltaniyeh
  70. Selimiye Mosque
  71. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  72. Ilulissat Icefjord
  73. Virgin Komi Forests
  74. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  75. Serengeti
  76. Ngorongoro
  77. Yellowstone
  78. Galapagos Islands
  79. Ancient Kyoto
  80. Völklingen Ironworks
  81. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  82. Ironbridge Gorge
  83. Grand Canyon
  84. Ancient Thebes
  85. Salamanca
  86. Dengfeng
  87. Jantar Mantar
  88. Virunga National Park
  89. Tassili n'Ajjer
  90. Namib Sand Sea
  91. Costiera Amalfitana
  92. Orkhon Valley
  93. Kew Gardens
  94. Persian Garden
  95. Wadi Rum
  96. Quito
  97. Meroe
  98. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  99. Kremlin and Red Square
  100. Sydney Opera House
  101. Mount Athos
  102. Westminster
  103. Saint Catherine Area
  104. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  105. Vatican City
  106. Ravenna
  107. Lalibela
  108. Aachen Cathedral
  109. Göreme NP
  110. Imperial Tombs
  111. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
  112. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  113. Taj Mahal
  114. Pyramids (Memphis)
  115. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  116. Mogao Caves
  117. Potala Palace
  118. Kathmandu Valley
  119. Bukhara
  120. Ping Yao
  121. Samarkand
  122. Medina of Fez
  123. Kairouan
  124. Medina of Marrakesh
  125. Damascus
  126. Historic Cairo
  127. Timgad
  128. Dougga/Thugga
  129. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  130. Pont du Gard
  131. Leptis Magna
  132. Pompei
  133. Villa Romana del Casale
  134. Cyrene
  135. Agrigento
  136. Acropolis
  137. Olympia
  138. Timbuktu
  139. Ghadames
  140. Aksum
  141. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  142. Mount Etna
  143. Surtsey